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Is prejudice really about race or has it always been about power or money or both.

Asked by Pandora (29488points) May 29th, 2010

I was answering another question today and I realized that bigotry may have more to do with keeping someone down to keep your elavated position in life. Whether it be, money, intelligence, or power.
How else will someone be able to feel superior unless they can find someone to feel superior too? I always felt it was just ignorance but now I’m beginning to wonder if it comes from a need just to be top dog. I started to think of all the very lay back (not lazy) people I know, and I realize that they are the least biased people I know. Extemely content in their lives they have no reason to feel biased towards anyone.
Would you agree or do you simply think it comes from lack of knowledge?
By the way. Not looking to start anything. Simply was wondering about this and figured some flutherites may come up with some good arguements for or against my statement.
Please try to explain your reasons beyond yes or no. Thanks.

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MissA's avatar

I agree with you that in order to feel superior, one has to find those willing to look up! It’s about power, which is money, etc.

Inequality is too appealing for some.

Pandora's avatar

So do you think, if we were taught more to be team players instead of all for one and me for myself that bigotry could be erased?

MissA's avatar

There are so many elements…it’s not so simple in my mind. I think your scenario is interesting. We have to find a way to encourage a “healthy self” and team playing.

Balance in all things.

eden2eve's avatar

It seems to me that there are many different kinds of prejudice. But I think the common thread in any type of prejudice may stem from lack of self esteem. A truly confident person doesn’t need another person as a frame-of-reference to their worthiness. And I also think it can be like a virus.

I remember a young boy who was in one of my childrens’ class at school. I was a parent chaperone at extra-curricular events. The boy was quite effeminate, and I had witnessed him being taunted by other children, and stepped in to mitigate.

The next year, I saw him doing the same to another child. When I called him on it, reminding him of how it had felt to him, he just said “it feels good to be the mocker instead of the mocked one”. Sad.

Quite a few years later, I learned that this boy had committed suicide. He must have suffered a great deal, and it’s too bad that at the time there was no system to support him.

Pandora's avatar

@eden2eve It certainly is a catch 22. If we teach them to only be part of a team than their self worth may suffer. If we teach them to be superior to others by being aggressive and a go getter then they others suffer. Sad story about the kid. However it may have involved some things going on at home as well.
As @MissA said, a fine balance must be found. We still need leaders but how do we raise a nation of fair leaders? They need everyday examples.

eden2eve's avatar

Yes, I know that was the case, @Pandora . It was obvous from things I learned that there wasn’t much at home to help him have better self worth. I’d like to think that in the present day he might have been identified by school teachers and given help or referred to treatment.

I think that until we as a society value integrity and honor more than “coolness”, wealth and appearance, we can’t be good role models for the generations who watch. If we want to create good leaders, we have to be better examples.

perspicacious's avatar

It can be about anything. Next question.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Insecure people who depend upon power/money/whatever for a sense of self-worth at others’ expense are going to think and behave in a prejudiced manner. I think it starts with teaching our kids that they, and everyone else, are inherently worthy as human beings, and no amount of accomplishment, money or what they look like vis-à-vis other people makes them better or worse than anyone else.

CMaz's avatar

It is always about power when referring to prejudice. “Bigotry”, is a matter of opinion.

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